Mountaineer Parents Club

Fall Family Weekend

October 7 – 9, 2016

Friday, October 7

Mountaineer Family Welcome Reception
4:30pm – 8:00pm --  Mountaineer Room, Mountainlair
Make this your first stop to check-in for Fall Family Weekend. This is a great place to meet your WVU student, jump in the photo booth for a Fall Family Weekend photo and mingle with fellow Mountaineer families.  While you are there, have a chat with representatives from WellWVU, The Daily Athenaeum, Center for Service and Learning, Accessibility Services, Residence Life, Career Services, Office of Summer Session, Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success, Herff-Jones and Study Abroad.  

Bowtie Bistro
5:00pm – 8:00pm -- Mountainlair Ballrooms
How about dinner with our favorite Bowtie Guy?  Be our guest a special dinner! Get questions answered while enjoying a meal with your family.  And afterwards, head down to WVUp All Night for some games and caricature of the entire family!  This event is now full.

Campus Read Panel: Justice and Mercy
5:30pm – 7:00pm --  Gladys G. Davis Theater, Creative Arts Center
Just Mercy is the West Virginia University Campus Read this year. During this discussion, each panelist will give a 15 minute presentation about their expertise and relate it to themes in the book. You will walk away knowing more about Just Mercy and how it impacts you and the WVU community. There will be time at the end for questions and answers. Join the conversation!  #WVUreads

Panelists: Lisa Weihman, associate professor for the Department of English; Kathy Ryan, associate professor for the Department of English and founder of the Appalachian Prison Book Project; Bryan McCannon, assistant professor of the College of Business and Economics
For more information, visit http://undergraduate.wvu.edu/campus-read

Arts Walk  
6:00pm - 9:00pm --  Downtown Morgantown
This year's Arts Walk, sponsored by Main Street Morgantown, Monongalia Art Center (MAC) and Arts Monongahela (Arts Mon) is a perfect way to spend your evening strolling through over forty downtown businesses and see artwork from local artists. Enjoy music at numerous locations and a variety of unique dining choices.  Participating businesses and places with artists are marked by lit tiki torches http://www.downtownmorgantown.com/msm_events/arts-walk/


Additional Friday Activities


WVU Aerial Adventures – Zip-Line Canopy Tours
Friday Afternoon              
Want something adventurous for your family to do? Want an aerial tour of the area’s best fall colors? If so, participate in the WVU Zip-line Canopy Tour! Located at the WVU Outdoor Education Center, each tour will take families on an aerial tour of the University Forest while zipping among the trees. Each tour includes 7 tree-based platforms, 4 zip lines, a sky bridge, a sky ladder and a 40ft rappel. Tours typically take 2 ½ hours to complete and may be reserved online (see link below).
Students receive a 40% discount on their individual tour spot, making this an affordable family experience.
This event is now full.
304-293-5221

Women’s Volleyball
6:00pm --  Coliseum
The Mountaineers host the Sooners from Oklahoma and admission is free!

Men’s Soccer
7:00pm -- Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
The Mountaineers host Bowling Green for a Mid-American Conference match. Be sure to stop by the Welcome reception prior to the match for your discounted ticket coupon!   Or follow this link to order your tickets online using the discount code:  WVUFAMILY    http://bit.ly/2ctfacA 

WVUp All Night  
7:00pm - 2:00am  -- Mountainlair  
Experience our nationally renowned program – WVUpAll Night.  Come enjoy movies, caricature drawings, TRONsystem Cube and much more. In addition, bowling is discounted, billiards are half-price and the food is free! For more information on what’s happening, visit  http://mountainlair.wvu.edu/wvupallnight/events/16-17/october/6

Seeing Stars at WVU – Solar Superstorms
7:00pm White Hall, downtown campus
The WVU Planetarium and Observatory welcomes families to join us for a viewing of Solar Superstorms. This show will offer a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.  http://solarsuperstorms.spitzcreativemedia.com/.  Before the main presentation, we will present the night sky and it’s constellations as well as a demonstration of a lunar eclipse.  The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street. This show is now full.

Legends in Concert
7:30pm -- Creative Arts Center
World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show: Prince, Cher, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers, Bruce Springsteen! For more information and tickets please visit: http://events.wvu.edu/series/16-17/legendsinconcert.shtml. Parents receive a special rate, CODE: BLUE.

Seeing Stars at WVU – Ultimate Universe
8:00pm -- White Hall, downtown campus
The WVU Planetarium and Observatory welcomes families to join us for a viewing of Ultimate Universe. This show will take viewers through a stunning journey through the cosmos, exploring galaxies, nebulae, and our own neighborhood, the Solar System. Before the main presentation, we will present the night sky and it’s constellations as well as a demonstration of a lunar eclipse.  The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street.   This show is now full.

Seeing Stars at WVU – Solar Superstorms
9:00pm White Hall, downtown campus
The WVU Planetarium and Observatory welcomes families to join us for a viewing of Solar Superstorms. This show will offer a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.  http://solarsuperstorms.spitzcreativemedia.com/.  Before the main presentation, we will present the night sky and it’s constellations as well as a demonstration of a lunar eclipse.  The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street. This show is now full.

Saturday, October 8        


Check-in  
9:00am – 3:00pm -- Mountaineer Room, Mountainlair
Just getting into town? Stop by and pick up your Fall Family Weekend schedule and commemorative pins & buttons! Staff from Student Life will be available to answer any questions you might have as well.

Picnic with Parents
11:00am – 3:00pm --  Mountainlair Ballrooms
Join us for a fun picnic with President Gee!  Picnic lunch with all the fixin's will be ready for you and your family!   This event is now full.

"Students First: Safety and Well Being" panel discussion
1:00 p.m. -- Mountainlair Ballrooms
The safety and well-being of our students is a top priority for West Virginia University. That’s why we feel it’s important to openly discuss issues and answer your questions.  Students and their families are invited to a panel discussion “Students First: Safety and Well Being".  The discussion, led by WVU President E. Gordon Gee, will feature campus experts who will share what is being done on campus to keep students safe, as well as resources and best practices students can turn to while on campus.

Additional Saturday Activities

Saturday, October 8

Get Free Help on Your 2017-18 FAFSA
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. -- Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
File your FAFSA NOW! For the first time ever, students have the opportunity to file a FAFSA for the upcoming school year during Fall Family Weekend, with their families!  Financial aid experts will be on hand to help.  The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be completed using 2015 income information, so no need to wait!  On average, the FAFSA takes less than 20 minutes to complete.  Get it done NOW to receive your best aid offer!  Pre-registration is encouraged.  To pre-register, visit http://bit.ly/2cY29fZ.  You can find out what you should do to prepare for the FAFSA at http://bit.ly/2d0Wbqo
File early.  Plan early.  #GoFirst

New Collegiate Recovery Program Open House
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Collegiate Recovery - 369 Oakland St, Morgantown, WV 26505
Come visit the new WVU Collegiate Recovery place and meet with students, parents and professionals who support students in recovery. Learn what resources are available for students who are wanting an engaging collegiate experience without the use of drugs, alcohol or other behavioral addictions.  Visit the website for more information http://recovery.wvu.edu/

The Virtual Reality Cave
Room 108 Brooks Hall
Check out the CAVE—an immersive virtual reality environment where projectors are directed to the walls, floor and ceiling of a room-sized cube. Visitors use 3D goggles to tour the world using GIS maps—without ever leaving the WVU campus! As the only known apparatus of its kind in an American university’s geography department, The CAVE is a uniquely WVU experience.
Space is limited. All Sessions are now full.  

WVU Aerial Adventures – Zip-Line Canopy Tours
All Day              
Want something adventurous for your family to do? Want an aerial tour of the area’s best fall colors? If so, participate in the WVU Zip-line Canopy Tour! Located at the WVU Outdoor Education Center, each tour will take families on an aerial tour of the University Forest while zipping among the trees. Each tour includes 7 tree-based platforms, 4 zip lines, a sky bridge, a sky ladder and a 40ft rappel. Tours typically take 2 ½ hours to complete and may be reserved online (see link below).
Students receive a 40% discount on their individual tour spot, making this an affordable family experience.

This event is now full.

304-293-5221

WVU Aerial Adventures – Giant Swing and Alpine Tower  
All Day
Add some adventure to your Fall Family Weekend!  Located at the WVU Outdoor Education Center, the Alpine Tower and Giant Swing are two dynamic activities that allow participants to choose their own adventure level. Climb and swing among the fall colors and assist families members are they reach heights upwards of 45 feet. Families will be provided all the necessary safety equipment and will undergo a short orientation before participation. All programs operate under a “Challenge by Choice” policy – empowering participants to choose their own level of comfort as they swing and climb. Descriptions of each activity are located below:

1.    Alpine Tower: A dynamic climbing structure that features 6 unique routes. Participates are supported by a team of peers and family members capturing their process as they climb. Team climbing events and suspended elements are situated along each climbing route. Accessible and beginner level routes are also available. Participants may choose to be lowered at any point while climbing the Tower.  No previous climbing experience is necessary to participate.

2.    Giant Swing: This specialty element is very similar to “sky coaster” activities found at amusement parks. With a maximum height of 40 ft., participants can enjoy the thrill of flight as they swing among the trees. Participates are supported by a team of peers and family members hauling them to their preferred swinging height. There is no requirement to go the entire 40 ft.  Participants may choose to be lowered at any point before they beginning swinging.  No previous experience is necessary to participate.

Students receive a 40% discount on their individual activity spot, making this an affordable family experience. Visit our website or call or office for more information. http://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/canopy-tour/wvu-canopy-tour

To make your reservation, follow the link above and select the "General Public" tab. Follow the prompts for Fall Family Weekend to select your time, date and preferred activity. For the WVU student discount, use the code:   WVUStudentZip15

Students will need to show their WVU student ID to verify their discounted spot. 304-293-5221


WVU Outdoor Rec Center & Adventure WV Climbing Program Cooper’s Rock Climb and Hike!  - Cooper’s Rock State Park                       
10:00am or 1:00pm --  2, 2-hour sessions available
Come explore the unique climbing opportunities that are so abundant at Cooper’s Rock State Forest!  Meet our Adventure WV climbing staff at Cooper’s and start with a short and gentle hike through the unique “Underlook Trail” exploring the forest floor below the breath-taking view of the Cheat River Canyon. After the warm-up hike our climbing staff will guide you through a fun afternoon of top-roped climbing which involves using a harness, helmet, secure anchors and a rope to climb. No prior skills required.

This is an incredible opportunity to share an adventure together in a relaxed and supportive environment. Rock climbing will be offered in 2 sessions (10:00-12:30 & 1:00-2:30), accommodating multiple families at once. Students receive a 33% discount on their individual tour spot, making this an affordable family experience. Visit our website or call our office for more information.

Reserve your spot here! http://epay.wvsto.com/WVU/WVUChallengeCourseCanopyTourProgram/WVU-Fall-Family-Weekend-C202.aspx

Follow the prompts for Fall Family Weekend and Select the middle icon “Saturday.” Then, under the Saturday menu, select the center icon for rock climbing, click the on your preferred climbing session.

For the WVU student discount, use the code:  ClimbWVU16

Students will need to show their WVU student ID to verify their discounted spot. More climbing information: 304-293-1367  


Women’s Volleyball
6:00pm --  Coliseum
The Mountaineers host the Sooners from Oklahoma and admission is free! 

WVUp All Night  
7:00pm - 2:00am  -- Mountainlair  
Experience our nationally renowned program – WVUpAll Night.  Come enjoy movies, caricature drawings, TRONsystem Cube and much more. In addition, bowling is discounted, billiards are half-price and the food is free! For more information on what’s happening, visit http://mountainlair.wvu.edu/wvupallnight/events/16-17/october/6

Seeing Stars at WVU – Ultimate Universe
7:00pm -- White Hall, downtown campus
The WVU Planetarium and Observatory welcomes families to join us for a viewing of Ultimate Universe. This show will take viewers through a stunning journey through the cosmos, exploring galaxies, nebulae, and our own neighborhood, the Solar System. Before the main presentation, we will present the night sky and it’s constellations as well as a demonstration of a lunar eclipse.  The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street.  This show is now full.

Legends in Concert
7:30pm -- Creative Arts Center World’s
Greatest Live Tribute Show: Prince, Cher, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers, Bruce Springsteen! For more information and tickets please visit: http://events.wvu.edu/series/16-17/legendsinconcert.shtml. Parents receive a special rate, CODE: BLUE.

Mountaineer Idol

8:00pm -- Mountainlair Ballrooms
Don’t miss round four of the award-winning Mountaineer Idol competition!   At this stage, we will have seven finalists competing through song for their spot as THE Mountaineer Idol.
http://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/mt_idol

Seeing Stars at WVU – Ultimate Universe
8:00pm -- White Hall, downtown campus
The WVU Planetarium and Observatory welcomes families to join us for a viewing of Ultimate Universe. This show will take viewers through a stunning journey through the cosmos, exploring galaxies, nebulae, and our own neighborhood, the Solar System. Before the main presentation, we will present the night sky and it’s constellations as well as a demonstration of a lunar eclipse.  The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street. This show is now full.

Seeing Stars at WVU – Solar Superstorms
9:00pm -- White Hall, downtown campus
The WVU Planetarium and Observatory welcomes families to join us for a viewing of Solar Superstorms. This show will offer a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.  http://solarsuperstorms.spitzcreativemedia.com/.  Before the main presentation, we will present the night sky and it’s constellations as well as a demonstration of a lunar eclipse.  The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street. This show is now full.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

‘Pancakes, Parents and the President’
8:15am -- Morgantown Events Center
Parents, start your morning with breakfast with President E. Gordon Gee! He will share information about the University and answer questions you might have. Parents can come at 8:15am for breakfast and remarks will begin at 9:00am. Tell your student to “sleep in” as you enjoy this “parent only” breakfast.  Parking is available for free at the One Waterfront Place Garage directly across from the hotel.
To register for this event, follow this link  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pancakes-parents-and-the-president-tickets-27603463703

Fall Ring Day Ceremony
11:30am -- Erickson Alumni Center
Ring Day is held each fall and spring to present those students who have attained junior status with their WVU class rings and to share the moment with family and friends. Each recipient’s name is penned into the Ring Day Book, a historical record of those who have received the official class ring. Reservations for participants and guests are required. For more information, visit the website at http://classring.wvu.edu/

Additional Sunday Activities

WVU Aerial Adventures – Zip-Line Canopy Tours
All Day              
Want something adventurous for your family to do? Want an aerial tour of the area’s best fall colors? If so, participate in the WVU Zip-line Canopy Tour! Located at the WVU Outdoor Education Center, each tour will take families on an aerial tour of the University Forest while zipping among the trees. Each tour includes 7 tree-based platforms, 4 zip lines, a sky bridge, a sky ladder and a 40ft rappel. Tours typically take 2 ½ hours to complete and may be reserved online (see link below).
Students receive a 40% discount on their individual tour spot, making this an affordable family experience.
This event is now full.

304-293-5221

 

Sunday Morning Hike -- Cooper's Rock State Park
Coopers Rock is Morgantown’s best outdoor spot.  Come take a hike with a student leader who knows the area and you will experience hidden overlooks, rock cliffs and other unique and interesting spots at this local gem.  Meet at the Coopers Rock “Overlook Trading Post” at 10am.  The hike will take about two hours. 
For more information contact Brett at brett.hagerty@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-5076.  T
o make your reservation, simply follow this link http://epay.wvsto.com/WVU/WVUChallengeCourseCanopyTourProgram/WVU-Fall-Family-Weekend-C202.aspx

Please continue to check the Fall Family Weekend website often for more events as they become available.  

On your own….


Student Recreation Center - Evansdale
Families can visit the Student Recreation Center during the weekend for free! Take a run on the elevated track or test your skills on the 50-foot climbing wall. You can take a dip in the leisure or lap pool and chill in the 20-person whirlpool. Hours: Friday, 6:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday, 8:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday, 10:00am – 10:00pm.  http://studentreccenter.wvu.edu/

WVU Bookstore – Downtown, next to the Mountainlair
Show your Mountaineer spirit with gold-and-blue gear! Remember to tell them that you are here for Fall Family Weekend for your 10% discount off school spirit clothing and gifts. Hours: Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Sunday, closed.  http://shopmountaineers.com.

The Art Museum of WVU - Evansdale
Visitors can enjoy two exhibition galleries totaling 5,400 sq. ft. in which to view art. The Art Museum presents exhibitions organized from the university art collection as well as host traveling exhibitions from other museums around the country. The building is engineered to be energy-efficient while adjusting light, humidity, and temperature within the appropriate ranges required to protect vulnerable works of art. A university classroom, collection research room, and climate-controlled storage for the art collection are designed to meet professional museum standards. The Art Museum will be open Friday-Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm. http://artmuseum.wvu.edu/

Special Library Collections
Wise Library -- Downtown Campus  
Friday - -7:30 am - 7:00 pm;  Saturday - 7:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday - 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Stop by the Wise Library to visit two very special collections.   On the 6th floor, check out the Jerry West Digital Collection. This includes photographs of Jerry West throughout his life and career, as well as his gold medal and other memorabilia that are signed by Jerry West and other NBA stars.  The photographs highlight his time at East Bank High School and West Virginia University, as well as with the Los Angeles Lakers. The online collection also contains brief clips from interviews with Jerry’s teammates, friends, and family including Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Shaquille O’Neal among others. https://jerrywest.lib.wvu.edu/ 

In the Atrium- where the new and old library meet.
Visit the Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV digital collections featuring materials from his papers documenting his 30-year career as a United States Senator from West Virginia. https://rockefeller.lib.wvu.edu/

Visit Coopers Rock State Forest
Is there anything more lovely than fall foliage?  Not in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!  Stop by Coopers Rock State Forest, located 13 miles east of Morgantown on I-68.  It's a short walk to the main overlook, which features a panoramic view of the gorge and distant horizons.  The changing fall leaves have never looked better!  There are several trails winding through the forest and over ridges, and a number of creeks to explore.  Keep your eyes open and you may see squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, owls, turkeys, fox and deer throughout the forest.  Picnic facilities are also available as well as a concession stand and gift shop.  http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com

Farmer’s Market – Downtown Morgantown
October 8, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Visit the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Morgantown for a diverse collection of more than 40 vendors to bring the freshest produce, meats, eggs, breads, and more to the Morgantown community. http://www.morgantownfarmersmarket.org/


Religious Services 
Looking for local religious services in Morgantown? Follow this link for more information on the different services available.  http://binged.it/1OKHLpT

 

Revised: 9-27-16